Spring – the first kiss of summer!

Spring has sprung; the grass is riz; I wonder where the birdies is.

Lemon Poppy Bird

Nothing is so beautiful as Spring – When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; the glassy pear tree leaves and blooms, they brush the descending blue; that blue is all in a rush with richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling. The bounty of the season is in our gardens, at our markets and on our doorsteps.

Buckwheat with Butter

As a luscious spring unfurls before us, we have, once again, joined the wonderful community gathering that is the Fort Bragg Farmer’s Market. Join us outside on the 400 Block of North Franklin Street every Wednesday afternoon from 3-6PM. In addition to joining the farmer’s market circuit here on the north coast, we will continue supplying our local markets, cafés, and delis with our tasty treats, both savory and sweet.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip

As time goes by and our presence expands, it’s you we have to thank. We’re so grateful for the show of support both in and outside of our rural abode here on the coast. Every day we’re afforded the privilege of interacting with our community, conscientiously growing and sourcing  amazing ingredients, and transforming said ingredients into tasty treats is a reminder of how fortunate we are to have such independence.

Thanks for reading!

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The Heart Grows Fonder

Another year has come and gone and it’s become abundantly clear that change is inevitable and transitions are to be embraced. As a luscious spring unfurled before us, we temporarily excused ourselves from the farmer’s market circuit here on the north coast to focus our efforts on supplying our local markets, cafés, and delis with our tasty treats, both savory and sweet.

Once we ensured that shelves were brimming with our delectable goods, we bid adieu to the absence from our local farmer’s market and swiftly dove back into the wonderful community gathering at the Fort Bragg Certified Farmer’s Market. In addition to serving the wonderful folks of the north coast at this market, we’ve been afforded the privilege of catering various local events, from First Friday festivities to Winesong and a plethora of celebrations in between.

As time goes by and our presence expands, it’s you we have to thank. We’re so grateful for the show of support both in and outside of our rural abode here on the coast. Every day we’re afforded the privilege of interacting with our community, conscientiously growing and sourcing  amazing ingredients, and transforming said ingredients into tasty treats is a reminder of how fortunate we are to have such independence.

Autumn: A Season of Paradox


Yet another season of markets has come to a close, and what an amazing year it’s been! The trees bend to left and right across the lines of straighter darker trees. They click upon themselves as the breeze rises, and turn many-colored as the stir cracks and crazes their enamel. Leaves are all dead on the ground, save those that the oak is keeping to ravel them one by one, and let them go scraping and creeping when others are sleeping. As the days grow shorter and the warmth of the day dissipates, so do the outdoor farmer’s markets seek refuge from the elements and move indoors for the latter portion of the autumn season and coming winter months. We look forward to this season of raindrops falling free from skies of cloudy gray, admiring each that comes to rest upon our faces, promising the unveiling of lucid petals flowering forth sweet nectar when the silvery winter melts into spring. When the season of new beginnings comes back around, we’ll return with it and all of our lovely outdoor farmer’s markets!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

We will, similarly, be seeking shelter and hibernating through the winter months instead of  attending the winter markets. Though we’ll be absent, we welcome any and all orders or special requests you may have. Please feel free to contact us at 707-472-6291 or send us an email at christine@mendogfbakingco.com. We will deliver on Tuesday and Thursday in Mendocino between 12-12:30PM on Little Lake Road across from Zo’s just down the street from Mendosa’s, and in Fort Bragg between 1-1:30PM on the corner of Franklin Street and Laurel Street by the City Hall building. We’ll be baking Monday-Thursday and are happy to fill all of your requests, so don’t hesitate to contact us!

Mendocino Market Sandwich

Although we won’t be in attendance, please don’t hesitate to attend these wonderful community markets that provide fresh, organic produce and a plethora of delicious local goods every week. You can find the Caspar Farmer’s Market every Monday from 4:00-6:00PM in the Caspar Community Center, and the Fort Bragg Farmers Market every Wednesday from 3:00-5:00PM in the recreation gym at 213 Laurel St. just around the corner from City Hall. We’re sure you’ll discover and enjoy a bounty of amazing products at every market. For now, live in each season as it passes; breathe the air and taste the fruit! Thank you for all of your support! We couldn’t do any of this without you!

Buckwheat Garbanzo Bread

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Reluctance

Out through the fields and the woods
   And over the walls I have wended;
I have climbed the hills of view
   And looked at the world, and descended;
I have come by the highway home,
   And lo, it is ended.
The leaves are all dead on the ground,
   Save those that the oak is keeping
To ravel them one by one
   And let them go scraping and creeping
Out over the crusted snow,
   When others are sleeping.
And the dead leaves lie huddled and still,
   No longer blown hither and thither;
The last lone aster is gone;
   The flowers of the witch hazel wither;
The heart is still aching to seek,
   But the feet question ‘Whither?’
Ah, when to the heart of man
   Was it ever less than a treason
To go with the drift of things,
   To yield with a grace to reason,
And bow and accept the end
   Of a love or a season?
– Robert Frost

Remembrance

Memorial Day: a time enjoy life and appreciate the many privileges we’re all afforded in our lovely land. But more importantly, a fleeting period of time that serves as a reminder for each of us to pause, to remember, and to reflect on our surroundings; everything we’ve lost and everything we’ve gained. Set aside a moment over the next few days to remember those who lost their lives defending our country; remember those who served and came out of the trenches as writers, teachers and mentors, who started preaching peace, men and women who have made this world a kinder place to live.

Spring has sprung!

 

The beautiful spring has sprung, the grass is rizz and Nature has resumed her loveliness.

Marin Headlands

Marin Headlands

Winter has tip-toed out of the back door and the bounty of the new season is in our gardens, at our markets and on our doorsteps. The days are growing longer, the sun is shining, and with these bright blessed days comes blue skies and white clouds o’erhead.  Marin Headlands

Marin Headlands

2015 is off to an exciting and wonderful start and we see only progress and further fun ahead. Life is in bloom and a new season of markets is upon us. Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio, a lovely San Francisco market held every Sunday from 11:00-4:00 on the Main Parade Ground Lawn in the Presidio, has officially returned, and we couldn’t be happier. If you find yourself in the Bay Area and are in need of a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon, look no further than this fantastic gathering. Come out to say hello, enjoy a bounty of Bay Area food, and enjoy the surroundings of the Presidio and the Golden Gate.

Land's End Golden Gate

We’ve been fortunate to have a hearty handful of lovely people stop by to enjoy our goods this season, and we’d like to thank everyone who has made it out so far. We couldn’t be happier with the turnout and it’s thanks to all of you picnic goers and market attenders that these amazing community events not only exist, but thrive. Thank you so much! We look forward to seeing new and returning customers alike in the future!

The beautiful people at Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio!

Off The Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Off The Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Off The Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Off The Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Marybeth enjoying our 'Nutty Seed Bread' at Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Marybeth enjoying our ‘Nutty Seed Bread’ at Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Off The Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Off The Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Off The Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Off The Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

 

Farm to Fork

Fava Patch

The rooster crows and my eyes blink open. I leap forth from my slumber and shudder away all remaining tethers to sleep. I step outside into the brisk morning air and listen to the sounds of animals stirring. I move swiftly by vibrant petals flowering forth sweet nectar on my way to the growing field. Zucchini, carrots, fava greens, arugula … I go over the harvest list in my head. As the sun moves slowly overhead, I dig my hands into the earth, and reap the benefits of planting and patience. I harvest produce; I feel at home as I breathe in the salty coastal air and prepare for the bake day ahead. From the field, I make my way to the pallet barn of chickens to collect eggs from all of our hardworking girls. Once I’ve exhausted my resources, I lay out my veritable gold mine of farm freshness on the counter, nestle myself deeply in the kitchen and begin baking. Moving from the field to the bakery, my world quickly shifts from trowels and soil to whisks and flour. Surrounded by measuring cups, timers and a plethora of ingredients, precision and patience take center stage. Once my baking concludes, I embrace the process of cleaning and organizing my environment, leaving the kitchen to rest, just waiting for the following day of cooking and baking. The culmination of my efforts with the oven: to bring the product to the local farmer’s market for the public to enjoy. Socializing and interacting with the eclectic food culture and community is the perfect end to the three-tier procedure of gathering ingredients, baking them into sweet and savory treats alike, and interacting with the community.

Rainbow Carrots

He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day

who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety

This new day is too dear,

with its hopes and invitations,

to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

Foccacia

Live life. Love life.